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Comment: Year of the Mainframe? (Score 5, Insightful) 222

by dbneeley (#17472214) Attached to: Year of the Mainframe? Not Quite, Say Linux Grids
As others have pointed out, the comment left a great deal out.

For example, any mainframe that can be replaced by 120 PC compute nodes isn't well utilized and/or is completely outmoded.

I had a chat with a gentleman once who participated in a replacement of multiple PC servers with a mainframe--but it entailed replacing 7,000 servers with a relatively high-end machine.

The result was that power and real estate savings alone paid for the mainframe--which had more capacity for future expansion as needed.

As always, proper implementation of the right equipment for the job is always crucial--and a shallow analysis that doesn't cover all the variables is simply misleading at best.

Power corrupts. And atomic power corrupts atomically.

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